Composer & Lyricist

Works

Solos & Duets

BLUES FOR PAUL
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
A jazz flavored piece for flute and piano.

...AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY - A Piano Suite Of Three Pieces
Duration: 10'15"
Instrumentation: Pn
Three movements:

  1. The Fourths of July 1'40"
  2. Lazy Summer Day 3'30"
  3. Moon on Lake Kinderhook 4'40"

ANTICIPATION
Duration: 1'07
Instrumentation: Vc, Pno (for a student cellist)

CONFECTIONS - Three Pieces For Clarinet And Piano
Duration: 11’:11”
Instrumentation: Cl, Pno
Three Pieces:

  1. Sprinkles 3’05”
  2. Ala Mode 3’14”
  3. Whipped Cream 4’52”

CONVERSATIONS - Suite Of Three Piano Works
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: (Also available for piano solo.)
Three Movements:

  1. Repeat That Please 1'30"
  2. Sweet Talk 3'
  3. The Argument 3'

DIVERTIMENTO - For Two Flutes
Duration: 5'40"
Instrumentation: 2 Fl

FLIGHT OF FANCY
Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

FLUTE AND PIANO SONATINA
Duration: 11'23"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
Three Movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 5'17"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'06"
  3. Mvt. III: 2'

WISTFUL MEMORIES
Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

FOR AGLIA
Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Pno
Two movements:

  1. Sunset 3'
  2. Floating Clouds 3'

HOLIDAY
Duration: 5'20"
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno

24 INTERVALS - a set of 24 Piano Solos
Duration:
Instrumentation: Pno
I have written these twenty-four pieces with the idea of having the first two notes of each of them start with a different interval (for example: #1 A Half Step Up; #2 A Half Step Down, #3 One Tone Up; #4 One Tone Down, etc.). Writing them has been like a series of adventures, each of which begins by taking the first two steps – and then discovering where they will lead. A complete recording of these pieces by pianist Hadassah Guttman is currently underway.

INVENTION FOR FLUTE AND PIANO
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Pno
3 movements.

LAKE KINDERHOOK
Duration: 5'10"
Instrumentation: Pn

MEMORIES - For Violin And Piano
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Vln, Pno

SOLITIDE IN THE CITY
Duration: 3'11"
Instrumentation: Cb, Pno
Is also available for Cello and Piano; or for flute and cello; or as cello solo

SONATINA
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn (also for Hpschd)
This is a twelve-tone work. Has also been played on Harpsichord.

SONATINA – For Violin And Piano
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Vln, Pno
A three-movement work. Mainly tonal, with rich harmonies.

SPRING IS HERE
Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: String orchestra

Chamber Music

TRIO FOR FLUTE, VIOLA AND HARP
Duration: 13'38"
Instrumentation: Fl, Vla, Hp
Premiered at Queens College in April, 1996 by Sue Ann Kahn, Christine Ims, and Susan Jolles.
Three Movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 5'01"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'11"
  3. Mvt. III: 4'26")

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CENTRAL PARK
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Fl, Vc, Pno (Alternate version: Cl, Vla, Pno)
Three Movements:

  1. Man Walking Dog 1'46"
  2. Young Lovers 4'31"
  3. Joggers 3'13"

THE DINKEY BIRD
Duration: 9’
Instrumentation: Fl, Vln, Vc, Pno

THE FLUTE OF MORNING
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Bn, Vln, Pno
Poem by Blanche Abram

DIVETIMENTO FOR CLARINETS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: 2 Cl, Pno
A one movement piece for 2 clarinets and piano.

THE WEDDING TRIO - A Piano Trio In Four Movements
Duration:
Instrumentation: Pno, Vln, Vc

  1. Mvt. I: X
  2. Mvt. II: 6’32"
  3. Mvt. III: 5'40”
  4. Mvt. IV: X

FLUTE QUARTET
Duration: 2'41"
Instrumentation: 4 Flutes:

MOODS
Duration: 14'45"
Instrumentation: Vln, Vla, Vc

  1. Mvt. I: Contentment 3'20"
  2. Mvt. II: Longing 5'
  3. Mvt. III Joy 6'25"

PIANO TRIO NO. 2
Duration: 17'30"
Instrumentation: Pno, Vln, Vc

  1. Mvt I: Allegretto Grazioso
  2. Mvt II: Andante Tranquillo
  3. Mvt III: Allegro

QUIET WINTER MORNING - for String Orchestra
Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: String Orchestra

QUIET WINTER MORNING - For Wind Quartet
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Ob, Hn

SEASONINGS - Two pieces for String Orchestra
Duration:
Instrumentation: String Orchestra

SPRING TRIO
Duration: 18'35"
Instrumentation: Vln, Vla, Vc

STAR CLUSTERS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation:

String Quartets

STRING QUARTET No. 3
Duration: 16'36"
Instrumentation: 2 Vln, Vla, Vc
Premiered in Chicago in 1996.
4 movements:

  1. Mvt. I: 4'23"
  2. Mvt. II: 4'26”
  3. Mvt. III: 2'48”
  4. Mvt. IV: 4'59").

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STRING QUARTET No. 4
Duration: 12'39"
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Three Movements.

STRING QUARTET No. 5
Duration: 13'10"
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Two Movements.

STRING QUARTET No. 6
Duration: 15'
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc
Three Movements:

  1. I. Adagio
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Allegro

PROTEUS STRING QUARTET
Duration: 12'30"
Instrumentation: 2 Vln, Vla, Vc
3 movements:

  1. Quicksilver 4’39”
  2. Shifting Sands 3’40”
  3. Kaleidescope 4’11”

YIN AND YANG QUARTET
Duration: 13'
Instrumentation: Vln I, Vln II, Vla, Vc

  1. Mvt 1: Variations on a Mantra 7'23"
  2. Mvt 2: After The Storm 5'47"

Songs

DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA
Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno, (Alternate Version SATB Chorus)
Poem By Langston Hughes.

BREAKFAST ALONE
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Ann Sillsbee.

TWO SONGS BY CHINESE POETS
Duration: 8'19"
Instrumentation: Ten, Fl, Pno (Alternate Version: Bar, Vln, Pno)

  1. The Last Day Of The Year 3'46" (Poem By Su Tung Po)
  2. Sitting Outdoors 4'33" (Poem By Lu Yu)

UNENDING LOVE
Duration:
Instrumentation: Voice, Pno
Poem By Rabindranath Tagore

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?
Duration: 4'20"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Blanche Abram

TOMORROW CAME
Duration: 3'51"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

FOUR LULLABYES For Soprano And Piano
Duration: 13'53"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno

  1. Sleep Baby Sleep 3' (Sung By Monet's Wife To Their Baby)
  2. Lullaby 4'26" (Sung By A Mammy To The White Child She Takes Care Of)
  3. Strange Nursery 3' (Sung By A Mother To Her Child While They Are Held As Prisoners By The Japanese In World War II)
  4. Jazz Lullaby 3'26" (Sung By A Modern Mother To Her Newborn)

FULL MANY YOUNG LIPS
Duration: 3'16"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Blanche Abram

I SHALL NEVEER FORGET (MY DOG BRUNO)
Duration: 2'46"
Instrumentation: Sop, Or Ten And Pno
Poem By Agilia Ho

LATE NIGHT THOUGHTS
Duration: 4'53"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

LOVE IS A TWO PART INVENTION
Music & Lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Sop, Ten, Pno
Song From "Two" A Musical Revue

MARY LINCOLN SONG
Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Based On Mary Lincoln's Quotes.

MAY I HAVE YOUR COAT
Duration: 3'25"
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Vc, Pno
Poem By Doreen Spungin

A PORTRAIT OF CHILDHOOD
Duration: 4'14"
Instrumentation: Sop, Or Ten, Pno
Poem By Aglia Ho

PORTRAITS
Duration:
Instrumentation: Fl, Guit, Pno, Sop
Five Songs For Sop. Piano, Flute (One For Guitar)
Poems By Ilsa Gilbert

A PRIVATE PLACE
Duration: 2'14"
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Lois Wyse

RECIPES FOR LOVE
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Pno
Poems By Sharon Harris
Three Songs:
Instant Love 1'47"
Spendthrift 2'57"
Falling In Love 1'37"

THAT THING CALLED LOVE
Duration: 2'35"
Instrumentation: Voice, Fl, Pno
Based On A Quote By Karen Horney.

THE THREE ODDEST WORDS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Voice, SATB
For SATB A Cappella. Text By Wislawa Szymborska Winner Of The 1996 Nobel Prize In Literature

THREE SONGS
Duration: 17'
Instrumentation: Fl, Vc, Pno
Three Songs For Soprano Voice With Flute, Cello And Piano.
Poems By Doreen Spungin.

SEE
Duration:
Instrumentation: Sop, Pno
Poem By Lois Wys

Vocal & Choral

EVENING PRAYER
Duration: 5'55"
Instrumentation: Sop, or Ten with 2 Vln, Vla, Vc (Also available as Sop or Ten with Pno)

HISTORY SAYS
Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: SATB a cappella
This SATB a cappella work has as it's text a quote from Seamus Heaney's play "The Cure At Troy"

MABEL AND HER COTTAGE
Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: 2Vln, Vla, Vc, Narr
String Quartet and Narrator

THE PIOUS CAT
Duration: 10'
Instrumentation: Sop, Fl, Pno, Narr (alternate version Sop, Cl, Pno, Narr)
Weaving together a lyrical vocal score, a traditional Yiddish folk song, and narration into a beautiful setting for soprano, narrator, clarinet and piano. This thought-provoking work by Yiddish author I.L. Peretz is a parable of how devotion and piety are often used to excuse and rationalize even the most heinous acts.

Musical Theater

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Voice (Cast of 3 Sop., 2 Ten. and chorus), Pno (expandable)
Based on Kaufman and Hart’s play of the same name. A satire about the days when the silent screen became “The Talkies!” and killed vaudeville, prompting vaudevillians to seek their fortune in Hollywood. Produced at Carnegie Recital Hall, and in summer stock.

TWO : A MUSICAL REVUE
Duration: 60'
Instrumentation: Sop, Ten, Pno (expandable)
A musical revue for two people in which all the songs relate to the concept of “two” and explores all the many and varied combinations. (Can also be done using several “couples”) Has been performed in many regional theaters.
First performed at Lincoln Center Library Theatre.
Recorded with original cast on “Take Home Tunes” label. 

List of Songs:

  1. Two's A Nice Number
  2. Two Pieces Of Bread
  3. Love Is A Two-Part Invention
  4. Dear Mr. Green
  5. Baby Makes Two
  6. Two Note Rag
  7. Two Points Of View
  8. Now We Are Three
  9. To Tango
  10. Show Biz
  11. Two Things
  12. We Need Each Other
  13. Two Cities
  14. I'm Two
  15. Twice On Matinee Days
  16. When We're Together/One/2 Is What It's All About
  17. Two's A Nice Number (Reprise)

A GLORIOUS DAY [1993]
Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel and book by Lila Bernstein
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 9: 4 sop, 2 ten, 3 bar., Pno. (expandable)
A musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Getting Married.” Its the wedding day (we hope!) of Edith, the last of the Bishop’s four daughters, and a fiery woman’s libber. Its been described as “A real ensemble piece with each of the characters fully developed and singing!”. An early version was produced in NY in 1993 by Survivor Productions, and later by the York Theatre in NY and most recently in 2016  by the Blue Grass Opera Company in Lexington, KY.

LE GRAND CAFE
Book, Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 6; 2 sop, 2 ten. 2 bar. plus chorus, Pno. (expandable)
About the Impressionist painters Monet, Renoir, Degas, their passion for their work, their struggles to survive, the toll on the women and children in their lives, and their ultimately unexpected success.

List of Songs:

  1. Le Grand Café
  2. He Paints
  3. You Are All Women
  4. Women Who Paint
  5. The Forest Of Fontainbleau
  6. The Forest Of Fontainbleau (Reprise)
  7. The Salon
  8. Everyday Eternities/Pleasure/Light And Nature
  9. Fuel
  10. You Are All Women (Reprise)
  11. Don't You Just Love Art?
  12. The Business Of Art
  13. The Salon (Reprise)
  14. Five O' Clock Absinthe Hour
  15. Being Married
  16. The Real World
  17. Lullabye
  18. My Collection
  19. Those Crazy Impressionist Painters
  20. Only A Pair Of Eyes
  21. Everyday Eternities/Pleasure/Light And Nature (Reprise)
  22. Le Grand Cafe (Reprise)

SUBWAY SUITE
Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast: 16 songs with varied voices, string quartet (2 Vln, Vla, Vc), can be done with Pno accompaniment only.
A suite of songs set in the NY Subway from rush hour in the am to rush hour in the pm, during which time we meet many different travelers.
Premiered in at Queens College with the Meridian String Quartet. 

For Children

DANNY DUNN AND THE HOMEWORK MACHINE
Duration: 1hr
Instrumentation: Pno, Voice (Cast of Sop., 2 Ten. plus chorus)
Based on the book by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams.
What happens when Danny and his friends use a computer to do homework.
Golden Records

DANNY DUNN, TIME TRAVELER
Duration: 1hr
Instrumentation: Pno, Voice (Cast is Sop. 2 Ten., Bar., plus 3 non singing roles)
Based on the book by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams.
What happens when Danny and his friends use a time machine that takes them back to Benjamin Franklin’s time, and they meet him.
Golden Records

THE STORY OF OLD MACK, THE GOLDEN FIRETRUCK
Music by Julie Mandel, Story and Lyrics by Stan Werner
Originally released on Golden Records
LR 237

PARI AND THE PRINCE
Book, Music and lyrics by Julie Mandel
Duration: 1hr, 30min
Instrumentation: Cast of 7; Sop, 6 male Voices, plus as many as possible for non-singing roles.
A musical for children based on a story from "The Daring Young Man on a Flying Trapeze" by William Saroyan in which a Prince falls in love with, and learns a great deal from, a young peasant girl named Pari. Performed in summer stock and in schools around the country.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Opera

I WISH, I WISH, I WISH
Duration: 20'
Instrumentation: SATB, Pno (Also available with chamber orchestra)
A one-act opera with a cast of four: Sop., Alt., Ten., Bass. A kind of Japanese Fairytale set in modern times. Libretto: Eugene Mandel.

THE STORY ABOUT THE ANTEATER
Duration: 30min
Instrumentation: Voice, Pno (Cast: 3 sop., 1 Cont., 1 ten., 1 non-singing role) (Also arranged for Voice, Fl, Vln, Vc, Cb)
One-act Opera based on a short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. The story of marriage, and how one woman learns to accept her husband’s faults by realizing her own.